An Act of Love
As a little girl I LOVED tea parties. It always had to be “pretend” tea parties because anything regarding one’s imagination is the best! I was the youngest in my family including my cousins who, other than one, were in fact all boys. But sure enough they always attended my tea parties. Each one included the silly hats, lots of stuffed animals and of course “pretend” tea. At one point, my grandfather would sit out on his front lawn and join in. Watching my family members (all of which were 15 years and older) sit down in my little Fisher Price chairs and sip away invisible tea, while eating cookies (that were probably pieces of Lego) was a sight to see.
My question is this. Why did they take part?
We can all rule out that I was pretty cute, but I think there was an even deeper meaning to it all.
I saw it as an act of love. Major quality time spent with four year old Michelle. Note that my number one “Love Language” is quality time, even though touching, acts of service, spiritual gifts and words of affirmation are similar components. We receive and reciprocate through our love languages. Just spending time chatting or being around someone for 10 minutes or more fills my love tank.
But where do you think all this love comes from? The Word states that “We love Him [Jesus] because He first loved us.” (1John 4:19)
Right from the beginning, Jesus breathed love into His creation. His breath into man. His Word inot all that was made. In fact, everything Jesus did and gave (including Himself on the cross) was out of love — because HE IS LOVE.
But let’s not stop there. The rest of 1 John brings life inspiring Word too. As I read the Word below, the message simply takes my breath away as I realize the truth is all there. His truth. His message to one and all clothed in His righteousness.
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God and everyone that loves is of God and everyone that loves is born of God, and knows God. He that loves not does knows not God, for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. Herein, is love — not that we loved God but that He loved us, and sent His Son — the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is perfected in us. Hereby know, we that we dwell in Him and He in us, because He hath given us of His Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son [to be] the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in Him and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us, God is love; and he that dwells in love dwells in God and God in him. Herein, is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgement because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; because fear hath torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us.” (I John 4:7-19)
This is why we try to act, speak and live lives of love because we know personally that His love can change one’s life for the better. “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments … for this is the love of God that we keep His commandments.” (I John 5:2-3) Thankfully, His commandments are not grievous. So, no matter who you are or what you do, you are loved by the Most High King. In fact, He wants you to become His sons and daughters. His friends. Therefore, let it be known that you are loved, your neighbours are loved, your co- workers, and even the guy on the street are loved by our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ — so much so, that He willingly shed His precious blood on the cross for you and I.